• Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use
    to change the world
    Nelson Mandela


Poignant Remembrance Service at FHS

img_3799-300Students and staff at Fairfield High School in Horfield were joined by former pupils to mark Armistice Day.

Members of the Old Fairfieldian’s Society attended the Remembrance ceremony at the school in Allfoxton Road on November 11.

Students Alice Towle (Y8) and Gabriel Thomas (Y9) read a poem before the Last Post was played by bugler Ian Beattie, of the Rotary Club of Bristol.

img_3790-300At 11am, the hundreds of students and staff who had turned out on the balconies surrounding the school’s atrium observed two minutes’ silence.

The visitors, accompanied by Head of School Nick Lewis, then went outside to the war memorial plaque – which was transferred from the original school when the new one opened a decade ago to lay a wreath.

The Old Fairfieldians commented on how respectful each and every student was during the whole service.

In the coming months, Mr Beattie will be spending time with student trumpeters in order to pass his 68 years’ of experience onto them; the vision being that at next year’s service, they will play independently.


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Bristol Principal chosen for key school support role

Fairfield High School, Bristol.

The Executive Principal and staff at Fairfield High School (FHS) have been selected for a top role supporting schools in challenging circumstances.

Catriona Mangham is one of more than 80 headteachers to be appointed to the role of national leader of education (NLE) in the latest recruitment round.

NLEs along with staff in their school – designated a national support school (NSS) – use their success and professionalism to provide additional leadership capability in other schools.

NLEs are deployed to suit the needs of each school needing support. The type of support provided is flexible and can sometimes involve NLEs becoming executive headteachers. They also have responsibility for developing the next generation of NLEs and national support schools.

Catriona Managham comments: “In recognition of the amazing work done at FHS to improve the outcomes of students, and also the incredible work staff do to support other schools, we have been awarded the recognition of being a national support school and myself a national leader of education. We are very proud of our collective achievements and look forward to sharing our enthusiasm and wisdom with others.”


Many NLEs/NSSs report improved outcomes at the schools they support.

Roger Pope, Chair of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, said:

“It’s fantastic that heads like Fairfield High School have the passion and ambition to help improve the life chances of young people, not just in their own but in other schools as well.

“The aim of national leaders of education is to drive improvement in underperforming schools. We now have over 1,200 NLEs and we’re working to increase this number further to spread educational excellence everywhere.”

Successful heads have been invited to attend a formal induction and training event for the role in driving school improvement.

For more information about the NLE programme visit www.gov.uk/nctl

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John O’ Gaunt School in Hungerford joins Excalibur Academies Trust (EAT)

Launch photoJohn O’ Gaunt School (JOG) in Hungerford joined Excalibur Academies Trust (EAT) on 1st October.

David Wilson, Chair and Catriona Mangham, Development Manager of the Excalibur Academies Trust formally launched JOG as an academy within the trust by welcoming Principal Alan Henderson at the school in Hungerford.

JOG will be the third secondary school in the trust and has been selected because of its strong community ethos in addition to the belief that it is on the path to be outstanding.

JOG has undergone many exciting improvements over the past year, including a £1.25m investment by West Berkshire Council. This culminated in its students producing the best GCSE results in its history. These outstanding results illustrate that students not only achieve the very best grades, but they also make outstanding progress. The conversion to an academy will enable the Hungerford school to become more innovative and provide a strong support network that will help to reach its ambitious goals.

Lynne Doherty, West Berkshire’s Executive Member for Education Services said: ‘We are proud to have supported JOG to this pivotal stage. We wish them the very best in their new venture and feel confident that they will continue to provide an excellent learning environment for local children.’

Alan Henderson, Principal at JOG said: ‘I am hugely excited about our partnership with Excalibur Academies Trust. Working alongside such high achieving primary and secondary schools can only help us build on our great successes and enable us to provide a world class education for all our students, giving them a launchpad to achieve their life dreams.’

Dr Patrick Hazlewood, CEO for EAT said: ‘I am proud that John O’Gaunt School is one of our International Academy group. It has an outstanding record of adding considerable value to every student’s education in a vibrant community where all are inspired to achieve. We are equally eager to learn from each other and share good practice.’

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